Education and Outreach
The Hume Center's education programs provide opportunities for hundreds of students per year to be engaged in national security programs. These activities are funded through the Hume endowment and educational grants, such as the National Security Educational Program and the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service. Virginia Tech is an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence. The center's education programs provide mentoring, internships, and scholarships, in an effort to address the key challenges qualified U.S. citizens are likely to face when entering federal service. The center's advanced research programs focus on signals intelligence, electronic warfare, cybersecurity and analytics, and aerospace systems.
The Hume Center has led the College of Engineering in developing national security curriculum for engineering majors, and spearheaded efforts to overhaul the cybersecurity curriculum with a new undergraduate minor, graduate certificate, and new courses.
As a land grant university, Virginia Tech has a mission to be a resource within the Commonwealth of Virginia and more broadly the nation. As such, the Hume Center contributes to the broader ecosystem in its areas of technical expertise. This involves consulting with federal agencies on research agendas of national importance, working closely with the Commonwealth's Secretary of Technology on making Virginia a recognized leader in cybersecurity, and supporting the General Assembly in vetting technology aspects of proposed legislation. Hume Center faculty are also heavily involved in academic service, to include conference leadership and journal editorships.
Additionally, the Hume Center provides service to the university through management of a number of strategic programs, and in particular partnerships with the defense contractor industry.
Conduct research within the Virginia Tech National Security Institute's research divisions: Aerospace and Ocean, Intelligent Systems, and Spectrum Dominance.
General ItemAcademic Affiliates Program
The Hume Center Academic Affiliates Program (AAP) provides an opportunity for industry partners to develop a one-on-one relationship with top-notch faculty, researchers, and the most promising future leaders in national security technologies.
The Hume Center works with academic colleges and departments to advance curriculum in areas relevant to national security.
The Hume Center participates and leads several events for students and faculty throughout the school year, including guest-speaker seminars with leading experts in the intelligence community and our research topics, career and internship fairs, open houses to allow students to learn more about the Hume Center, and more!
General ItemExperiential Learning
The core mission of the Hume Center is student-focused; we strive to give students the hands-on experience that best equips them for their future careers in technology and national security.
General ItemGraduate Research Assistantships
Graduate students attending Virginia Tech can work with the Hume center to be hired as Graduate Research Assistants and conduct research, advised by Hume Center faculty.
General ItemIntegrated Security
The initiative represents the next step in the evolution of the land-grant university to meet economic and societal needs of the world. The Integrated Security Destination Area is one of five core investments being undertaken by Virginia Tech.
General ItemNational Security Education Program
The Hume Center has a commitment to educating future leaders of the national security community. Get access to guest speakers, workshops, events, resume reviews, and other activities open to undergraduate and graduate students to become well-equipped with tools needed to succeed in national security and technology.
Discover scholarships and scholarship programs the Hume Center supports that support your future in national security and technology.
General ItemWorkforce Development Programs
The Hume Center works with several companies to cultivate a pipeline of future national security and cybersecurity professionals. Students receive mentorship though lectures and projects to prepare them for possible internships and employment with companies like Raytheon, CACI, and MITRE.
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